Celebrating International Women’s Day: The Case for Women Empowerment in the Nigerian Agricultural Sector

Contributed by Margaret Adesugba, Senior Research Assistant, IFPRI “When women are empowered and can claim their rights and access to land, leadership, opportunities and choices, economies grow, food security is enhanced and prospects are improved for current and future generations" - Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile and former Executive Director of the UN Entity for >> Read more

Structural Change in the Economy of Nigeria

We document that structural change accounts for approximately one-fifth of the total change in labor productivity in Nigeria between 1996 and 2009. Labor moved out of the agricultural and wholesale and retail trade sectors into manufacturing, transportation and communications, business services, and general services.

“A Review of Literature on Agricultural Productivity, Social Capital and Food Security in Nigeria”

Despite the rapid pace of urbanization taking place in Nigeria, half of Nigerians (approximately 70 million individuals) still live in rural areas; most of them engaged in smallholder semi-subsistence agriculture. Agriculture remains a crucial sector in the Nigerian economy, being a major source of raw materials, food and foreign exchange; employing over 70 percent of >> Read more

“Concept Note Workshop on Social Capital, Agricultural Productivity and Food Security”

In line with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (FMARD’s) vision of ensuring access, availability and affordability of high-quality food to all Nigerians, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is undertaking research on agricultural mechanization in Nigeria under the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative of the United States Agency for International Development >> Read more

“An Assessment of Fertilizer Quality Regulation in Nigeria”

Despite a multifaceted fertilizer quality regulatory process with numerous and diverse participants, fertilizer quality remains a challenge in Nigeria. Fake, adulterated, and misbranded fertilizers, as well as underweight fertilizer bags are prevalent in the Nigerian market (FGN 2006). Not only have fertilizer quality issues been identified as a major constraint to fertilizer use in Nigeria, >> Read more

“A Review of Fertilizer Policy Issues in Nigeria”

Low fertilizer use is professed to be among the many reasons for low agricultural productivity in Nigeria. Fertilizer application estimated at 13 kg/ha in 2009 by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, is far lower than the 200 kg/ha recommended by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This report reviews the >> Read more

“Options for Enhancing Agricultural Productivity in Nigeria”

Since 2003, economic growth in Nigeria has been strong. Annual GDP grew by 9.1 percent per annum between 2003 and 2005 and by 6 .1 percent per annum between 2006 and 2008. Much of this growth can be attributed to the non-oil economy which has grown rapidly. This is due primarily to agriculture, which contributes >> Read more

“Enhancing Agricultural Productivity and Profitability in Nigeria”

Much of Nigeria’s recent economic growth can be attributed to its non-oil economy—primarily agriculture. But the recent agricultural growth has been driven mainly by expansion in areas planted while productivity has remained flat or declining. This brief provides insight for formulating policies and strategies to enhance profitability and productivity of major crops across Nigeria’s agroecological >> Read more

“Constraints to Increasing Agricultural Productivity in Nigeria”

This paper reviews the constraints hindering growth of agricultural productivity in Nigeria by providing an overview of the policy environment that affects agricultural productivity; establishing how the policy environment affects productivity improvement; and proposing lessons relevant for future research and policymaking to promote productivity growth in Nigeria. NSSP Background Paper 6 by Dayo Phillip, Ephraim >> Read more

“Constraints to Increasing Agricultural Productivity in Nigeria”

Agriculture is the principal source of food and livelihood in Nigeria, and employs nearly three-quarters of the nation’s work force. Over the past two decades, agricultural yields have stayed the same or declined. Although there has been a recent rise in agricultural productivity, it is derived more from expanded planting areas for staple crops than >> Read more